Philly Opens First LEED-Platinum Neighborhood Development in U.S. (photos)

| by David Serchuk
Philly Opens First LEED-Platinum Neighborhood Development in U.S. (photos)

The City of Brotherly Love has a given itself a lot more, umm, love since it officially opened its newest housing development, Paseo Verde, on December 3, 2013.

The development is the first Neighborhood Development in the U.S. to achieve a Platinum LEED-ND certification from the U.S. Green Build Council. This certification has only been issued one other time, for a development in China.

The city of Philadelphia worked in conjunction with Jonathan Rose Companies, and Asoicion Puertorriquenos en Marcha (APM), a Latino-based non-profit, to build the new site. The development is a 120-unit mixed-use development located right near the Temple University rail station. Such access to public transportation is deliberate, as the development seeks to encourage the use of public transportation.

Nilda Ruiz, chief executive of APM, explained this focus on development to the Philadelphia Inquierer: “We looked at how we can get people to let go of their cars, because a car today is like another mortgage.”

Paseo Verde has other green features as well, including: green and blue roofs, efficient mechanical systems, ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and fixtures, low- or no-VOC paints and primers, and formaldehyde-free materials to enhance indoor air quality.

Other green features include: solar panels, a car share program, site design for habitat and water conservation, heat island reduction, and storm-water management.

Affordability is also a goal with some of the units in Paseo Verde. There are 53 apartments available for residents earning an annual income below $68,000, based on family size.

Speaking at the ribbon-cutting Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said Paseo Verdie is “absolutely a model for what we can do across the city and … across the nation.”



Topics: Appliances, Building Green, Certification / LEED, Energy Star, Landscaping, Paint | Low VOC and No VOC, Photovoltaic / Solar Panels, Roofing, Solar Power, Sustainable Communities, Water Quality

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